Best Scene Stealer
Blue Yonder by Diane Dooley
Baby Jack is just full of surprises in this romance. H helps reconnect two people who have a past but have been apart for a long time. A very well-developed 45-page long story.
Best Use of Western Lore in Space
Space Wrangler by Kate Donovan
Rick Gage rides and ropes but not cows. He goes after robots. Alexia Montoya needs help and Rick like a hero in the old west is the one to come to her aid. Action, danger and romance are the result. This is the start of a new series with a lot of potential.
Best Hidden Main Character
Dark Horse by Michelle Diener
Sazo is an artificial intelligence and one of the main characters in Dark Horse. He is often behind the scenes and many of the characters do not know he exists. A great use of an AI to keep the plot moving.
Best Back Story
Final Protocol by J.C. Daniels
Silence has lost much of her memory and in Final Protocol she begins to remember the past. Her back story drives the plot and keeps everything moving.
Best Slow Burning Romance
Minder Rising by Carol Van Natta
Lieren and Imara are acquaintances who haves secrets. It is Imara’s son Derrit that starts to bring them together. The romance is slow to develop but very believable.